Re: Scouts from Single Parent Families
Kybo Ken (KyboKen@AOL.COM)
Mon, 27 Apr 1998 01:45:41 -0400
I, for one, can speak - once being a cub scout when my parents split up.
I became a cub before the divorce and attended regularly. Even after the
split I attended. - until we moved.
I wanted so much to attend, but didn't know where. My mom always supported us
in scouting but never did anything to halp us stay involved ("us" includes my
older brother by about 4 years difference).
I know that for me, if the information as to where I could go to attend would
have definately helped me remain active in cubs and would have received my
Arrow of Light. I did not get back into scouting until I moved back in with
my father at the age of 12. He always encouraged scouting and helped me find
out where I needed to go to participate.
I personally feel that organizing recruiting on a regular basis would be very
effective. I have never tried it, but am about to make the suggestion. Do a
recruiting every 6 months or so and ask the schools to help spread the word.
If you provide flyers, they may let them be posted around the campuses. If
not, then post signs like you would post a yard sale sign. Make it an event
the community can be aware of. Also, having an FCC broadcaster's license I
can tell you that many local TV and radio stations make public service
announcements for free - and would be willing to advertise such events.
Usually during the day when mom is home. or the kids home watching cartoons -
listening to their music, etc. - the word would be spread.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City